Gulfstream may currently own the skies when it comes to ultra long range jets – with their record-breaking G650ER.
But Bombardier’s Global 7000 is waiting in the wings. And the Canadian manufacturer took another step forward last week, with a successful flight of a second test aircraft.
On March 4th, the aircraft, known as FTV2, took a 4 hour 28 minute flight from Bombardier’s Downsview facility in Toronto. This second test vehicle is dedicated to evaluating the Global 7000’s propulsion, electrical and mechanical systems. It climbed to 43,000 feet to test its high altitude performance.
This flight follows the maiden flight of the first Global 7000 test vehicle, FTV1, in November 2016.
The Global 7000 is Bombardier’s latest development in the the ultra long range segment. Its range of 7,400 nautical miles (13,705 km) and a top speed of Mach 0.925 put it neck-and-neck with Gulfstream’s G650ER.
It will join Bombardier’s existing range of long range jets, including its current flagship, the Global 6000.
Like the G650ER, the Global 7000 will enable passengers to travel from Paris to Singapore, or Dubai to New York, without a fuel stop.
The further-still Global 8000, with a proposed range of 7,900 nm, is currently still under review after a challenging few years for Bombardier. The manufacturer has said it will provide an update later in the 7000’s test program.
When will the Global 7000 be ready for charter?
A first flight is only the start of the $78.2 million Global 7000’s journey towards becoming available to private jet customers. This latest ultra long range jet will continue its rigorous test program, before it receives its final type certification.
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First deliveries are planned for the second half of 2018, so all being well, we expect to see the Global 7000 available for charter in 2019.
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